Valerie Lynne Johnson, M.D., Ph.D.

Pediatric Nephrology
Valerie Johnson

Dr. Valerie L. Johnson is a Pediatric Nephrologist interested in the care and treatment of children with problems such as hematuria/proteinuria as well as kidney disease and disorders involving the kidneys. Dr. Johnson also cares for children who have reached end-stage kidney disease requiring dialysis or kidney transplantation. She, in addition, cares for children with congenital kidney abnormalities as well as high blood pressure and electrolyte disorders. Dr. Johnson's research interest is in the area of growth of children with kidney failure. She is evaluating how growth hormone therapy allows children with kidney failure to grow better. A number of factors are being evaluated as contributing to the growth failure of these children. Body composition of children with kidney failure is another area of research interest. Dr. Johnson has received a number of grants from the Genentech Foundation for Growth to support this important work. Dr. Johnson has also been involved in a number of studies evaluating treatment of high blood pressure in children. In addition, she has been involved in studies of management of anemia in Chronic Kidney Disease and novel therapy for Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome and Membranoproliferative Glomerulonephritis.

Dr. Valerie Johnson is Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College and Associate Attending Pediatrician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital at Weill Cornell Medical Center.  Board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Nephrology, Dr. Johnson is consistently named one of America's Top Pediatricians and one of Woodward/White's Best Doctor's in America as well as one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors for her expertise in Pediatric Nephrology.
  
Dr. Johnson is interested in the care and treatment of children with problems such as hematuria/proteinuria as well as kidney disease and disorders involving the kidneys.  She also cares for children who have reached end-stage kidney disease requiring dialysis or kidney transplantation. In addition, she cares for children with congenital kidney abnormalities as well as high blood pressure and electrolyte disorders.
 
One of Dr. Johnson's primary research interests is the area of growth of children with kidney failure. She is evaluating how growth hormone therapy allows children with kidney failure to grow better.  A number of factors are being evaluated as contributing to the growth failure of these children.  Body composition of children with kidney failure is another area of research interest.  Dr. Johnson has received a number of grants from the Genentech Foundation for Growth to support this important work.  Dr. Johnson has also been involved in a number of studies evaluating treatment of high blood pressure in children.  In addition, she has been involved in studies of management of anemia in Chronic Kidney Disease and novel therapy for Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome and Membranoproliferative Glomerulonephritis.
 
Dr. Johnson received her M.D. and Ph.D. at Cornell University Medical College, remaining in New York City to complete her residency in Pediatrics at Mt. Sinai Hospital.  Following residency, she completed a clinical fellowship in Pediatric Nephrology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

 

 

Insurances

Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please feel free to contact this physician or this physician's practice as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

  • AETNA [PPO]
  • AETNA [HMO]
  • AETNA [Medicare]
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • CIGNA
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI [CBP]
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicaid]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicare]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup
  • Medicare [Medicare]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • United Empire
  • United Health Care
  • United Health Care [Community Plan]
  • United Health Care [Medicare]

Publications

  1. Johnson, V.(Discussant), Kaskel, F.(Principal Discussant): Chronic renal disease: A growing problem. Kidney International, 64:1141-1151, 2003.
  2. Johnson, V.L., Senar, L.A., Simm, M.S., Kaskel, F.J., and Cunningham-Rundles, S.: Relationship between leptin and body composition in children with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and ESRD: Effect of recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH). J. Am. Soc. Nephrology, 13:466A, 2002.
  3. Johnson, V.L., Senar, L.A., Kaskel, F.J., Powell, D.R., Wang, J., Pierson, Jr. R.N.: The GH-IGF axis and body composition fo children with chronic kidney disease pre-and post growth hormone. Pediatr. Nephrol., 17:C47, 2002.
  4. Johnson, V.L., Senar, L.A., Kaskel, F.J., Powell, D.R., Wang, J., and Pierson, R.N. Jr.: Relationship of insulin-like growth factors (IGFs) and their binding proteins (IGFBPs) to the body composition of CRF children pre- and post-recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH) therapy. Ped. Res., 51:434A, 2002.
  5. Johnson, V.L., Senar, L.A., Simm, M.S., Kaskel, F.J., and Cunningham-Rundles, S.: Recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH) therapy decreases serum leptin in chidren with chronic renal failure (CRF). Ped. Res.,51: 423A, 2002.
  6. Johnson V and Maack T: Renal tubular handling of proteins and peptides, in S.G. Massry and R.J. Glassock (eds.): Textbook of Nephrology, 4th Ed., Baltimore, Williams & Wilkins Co., 2001.
  7. Johnson, V.L., Senar, L.A., Kaskel, F.J., Powell, D.R., Wang, J., and Pierson, R.N. Jr.: Relationship of insulin-like growth factors (IGFs) and their binding proteins (IGFBPs) to the body composition of CRF children pre- and post-recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH) therapy. J. Investig. Med. 50:196A, 2002.
  8. Johnson, V.L., Senar, L.A., Simm, M.S., Kaskel, F.J., and Cunningham-Rundles, S.: Recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH) therapy decreases serum leptin in children with chronic renal failure (CRF). J. Investig. Med. 50:187A, 2002.
  9. Johnson, V.L., Senar, L.A., Simm, M.S., Kaskel, F.J., and Cunningham-Rundles, S.: Effect of growth hormone therapy on serum leptin in children with chronic renal failure (CRF). J. Am. Soc. Nephrol, 12:214A, 2001.
  10. Seshan, S.V., Marotta, M., Serur, D., Johnson, V., and Suthanthiran, M.: Hypocellular interstial/cortical diffuse edema (HIDE) in renal allograft biopsies: A histological surrogate for vascular rejection and poor allograft outcome. J. Am. Soc. Nephrol., 12:917A, 2001.

Honors and Awards

HONORS AND AWARDS

Recipient, Kidney & Urology Foundation of America's 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award in Pediatric Nephrology.  Dr. Johnson received the award in recognition of her excellence in clinical practice and her dedication to advancing pediatric health, education, and treatment.

Voted one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors, 2008
Listed in Guide to America's Top Pediatricians, 2008
Voted one of
Woodward/White's Best Doctors in America: Northeast Region, 2007-2008
Listed in The Top Pediatricians in the City, New York Family Guide, 2007
Voted one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors, 2007
Voted one of Castle Connolly's America's Top Doctors: New York Metro Area, 2007
Voted one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors, 2006
Voted one of Castle Connolly's America's Top Doctors: New York Metro Area, 2006
Voted one of
Woodward/White's Best Doctors in America: Northeast Region, 2005-2006
Voted one of Castle Connolly's America's Top Doctors: New York Metro Area, 2005
Voted one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors, 2005
Voted one of Woodward/White's Best Doctors in America, 2004
Voted one of Castle Connolly's America's Top Doctors: New York Metro Area, 2004
Voted one of Woodward/White's Best Doctors in America: Northeast Region, 2003-2004
Voted one of Castle Connolly's America's Top Doctors: New York Metro Area, 2003
Voted one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors, 2003
Voted one of Castle Connolly's America's Top Doctors: New York Metro Area, 2002
Voted one of
Woodward/White's Best Doctors in America: Northeast Region, 2001-2002
Voted one of Woodward/White's Best Doctors in America, 2001
Voted one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors, 2001
Voted one of Castle Connolly#146;s America#146;s Top Doctors: New York Metro Area, 2001
Listed in Guide to Top Doctors, Center for the Study of Services (CSS), 2001
Voted one of New York Magazine#146;s Best Doctors, 2000
Listed in Castle Connolly#146;s Guide: How to Find the Best Doctors: New York Metro Area, 2000
Listed in Castle Connolly#146;s Guide: How to Find the Best Doctors: New York Metro Area, 1999
30. Voted one of
31. Woodward/White#146;s Best Doctors in America: Northeast Region, 1998
32. Voted one of Woodward/White#146;s Best Doctors in America, 1998
33. Voted one of New York Magazine#146;s Best Doctors, 1998
34. Listed in Castle Connolly#146;s Guide: How to Find the Best Doctors: New York Metro Area, 1998
35. National Medical Award in Pediatric Nephrology, National Kidney Foundation, 1997
36. Listed in Castle Connolly#146;s Guide: How to Find the Best Doctors: New York Metro Area, 1997
37. Voted one of New York Magazine#146;s Best Doctors, 1996
38. Listed in Castle Connolly#146;s Guide: How to Find the Best Doctors: New York Metro Area, 1996
39. Voted one of New York Magazine#146;s Best Doctors, 1993
40. Voted one of New York Magazine#146;s Best Doctors, 1992
41. Outstanding Teacher Award, Department of Pediatrics, Cornell University Medical College, 1989
42. Outstanding Teacher Award, Department of Pediatrics, Cornell University Medical College, 1988